Winterlude Returns To Ottawa: Here’s Your Complete Guide

on January 10, 2014

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It’s almost that time again!

Winterlude returns to Canada’s Capital Region from January 31 to February 17. The winter wonderland festival features ice scuptures, a snow playground, street performers and (of course), Rideau Canal, the world’s longest skating rink.

The event officially kicks off on January 31 at 7 p.m. at Confederation Park with Winterlude’s Great Winter Ball. Attendees are invited to make a lighted costume or to accessorize their snowsuits with light for the event that will feature lighting effects, performances by artist and poet Moe Clark and traditional music trio Ten Strings There is also a dance party planned with a local DJ.

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown and Quebec conferences, the folk traditions of Prince Edward Island and Quebec will fuse together with electronic music to create a fantastic winter party.

Veterans Affairs Canada will present a majestic ice sculpture (made from over 100 blocks of ice) to be unveiled during the lighting ceremony at Confederation Park. This will mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

Just in time for the Olympics, the Snowflake Kingdom at Jacques-Cartier Park in Gatineau will feature various winter sports and games. There will be a winter obstacle course, downhill skiing lessons offered, bobsled photo opps and meet and greets with members of the Canadian Luge Team.

Initially established in 1979, Winterlude was initially designed as a means of celebrating Canada’s unique northern culture. Every year, more than 600,000 people take part in Winterlude activities with 1/3 being visitors to the city.

More information is available HERE